Principal’s Festive Message

I cannot believe we have already done a whole term in school and what a term it has been!

Firstly, I would like to welcome Sarah Kaler to the team who is our new School Business Manager, Sarah has been in post since October half term and brings a wealth of experience to the role. She is mainly based in the KS2 office but also works at KS1 managing the admin team.

You should all have received your child’s first written report of the academic year as a follow up to your parents’ evening meetings in October. Please can we ask that you return a copy to us with your comments on for our records.

We have had a very festive few weeks in school and we loved having our parents and carers attending our Christmas performances. Both Reception and Year 1 put on amazing shows for their loved ones- they are such a talented bunch. Our Year 6 children also delivered a fantastic Christmas Service at St Thomas’ Church for the rest of KS2.

Our Christmas project this year has been around the piece of music ‘Winter’ from Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons. This afternoon, the children will be showcasing the work they have created focusing on the creative arts so watch out for it on Seesaw.

We also were able to bring back our Christmas Fair for the first time last week since the pandemic started and boy was it a good one! A huge thank you to everyone at FOGS and the staff who volunteered.

On Thursday, we took over 200 children to watch a performance of the pantomime ‘Aladdin’ at Dean Clough- and what a performance it was! The children behaved impeccably (and I would expect nothing less) and everyone had such an amazing time. We can’t wait for next year.

Today was our first ‘Star of the Term’ assembly and these are my favourite assemblies to host as the recipients are voted for by the rest of the class. Our children always make such intelligent and thoughtful decisions about who should be given the award. A huge well done to all the Stars of the Term- we are very proud of you. There was also an added addition this year- the School Council Awards and the lucky recipients all received a certificate from their class School Councillors.

Today was also the day when a special visitor came to visit the children at KS1. His sleigh was packed high with gifts for the children, and they were all very excited to catch a glimpse of him as he joined them in assembly.

Finally, I would like to congratulate both Miss Whiteley and Miss Bailes who are both expecting babies in the Spring term. A letter has been sent to the parents of children in 4A to explain the arrangements for the class when Miss Bailes starts her maternity leave.

As I bring my message to a close, I would like to wish all of our community a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. Your support, as always, is very much appreciated. We will see you all on Wednesday 4th January 2023 (the Tuesday is a training day).

See you in 2023!

Mrs Crowther